Many hands take the message of hope to Africa.

By May 31, 2006

USA (MNN)–Volunteers’ passion for the Great Commission inspires the people they help, as well as inspires others to serve.

Every Child Ministries’ Lorella Rouster takes that quite literally.

In 2005, ECM qualified as a certifying organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Award. President George W. Bush has challenged Americans to dedicate 4,000 hours over the course of their lives to volunteering.

Today, Rouster says 15 ECM helpers qualified for America’s Presidential Volunteer Service Award. That’s 15 at 100 hours each. In fact, one of their volunteers, Pat Horner, donated over 600 hours in 2005.

Rouster says volunteers do everything from typing Sunday School lessons in African languages, to packing donated items for shipment to Africa, to assisting with mailings such as the agency’s newsletter.

But, even with a job well-done in 2005, their work doesn’t end there. We have a big need right now for people who can translate materials from English into various African languages,” Rouster says. She goes on to say that need was underscored by, “One of our volunteers last year was from Argentina, and did some translation work in Spanish for us”…which opens doors to one of the top three languages spoken in the world.

So, aside from the translation and office needs, are there special talents required for lending a hand? Only a vision for service and evangelism.

Rouster explains that, “All of our programs present the love of Jesus and present that Jesus is the only hope, so even those who are working in support capacities are helping to make that known, because they’re helping to make the whole thing happen.”

If you want to help, contact Every Child Ministries’ via their contact information listed below.

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